Interested in joining the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts?  We audition members in the Spring and Summer for participation starting the following Fall.  In certain cases, we are able to take students for the second semester starting in January.  Audition dates are usually posted in the spring.  Additional auditions are offered when there is interest.

PSCA does not reject anyone except for in extreme cases involving behavioral issues.  We believe that everyone can learn to sing well and should be given that opportunity. The purpose of the audition is to give:

  • PSCA an understanding ofAbout  the student’s level so we can best  meet the student’s needs.
  • Everyone an opportunity to meet before rehearsals. It can be very scary for child (and family) to go to the first rehearsal not having met the teacher.  The audition meeting can be comforting to student and reassuring to the family.
  • Family members and students an opportunity to learn more about the program and to ask questions.

Please contact auditions@pghchoralarts.org for more information and to schedule an audition.

Girls in 1st or 2nd grade are welcome to join Melodia without an audition, though they may audition if they wish to meet the teachers one-on-one.
Third graders and up are invited to audition in order to determine which level of choir best meets their needs.

 

The Audition Process

Harmonia: Girls in 3rd – 5th grade: Student will be asked to:

  1. Sing a simple warm up exercise (will be taught at the audition) to check vocal range
  2. Sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star or The ABC Song:  Student will 1st be asked to sing it without given a starting pitch, to see where they naturally sing.  Then student will be asked to sing it again several times in a variety of keys
  3. Student will also be asked to sing Are You Sleeping (or Frere Jacques) both by herself and in a round with teacher
  4. Pitch matching intervals:  Student will be asked to echo several sets of two pitches in a row
  5. Reading: Student will be shown both rhythmic and melodic patterns.   This will show the teacher what she knows about musical literacy – this is not a test, just an evaluation that helps teacher best meet student’s need.

Via: Girls in 6th – 9th grade.  Student will be asked to: 

  1. Sing a simple warm up exercise (will be taught at the audition) to check vocal range
  2. Sing a choral piece (if available from school or church choir)*.
  3. Student will also be asked to sing Are You Sleeping (or Frere Jacques) alone and in a round with the teacher
  4. Pitch matching intervals:  Student will be asked to echo several sets of two pitches in a row
  5. Reading: Students will be shown both rhythmic and melodic patterns.   This will show the teacher what she knows about musical literacy – this is not a test, just an evaluation that helps teacher best meet student’s need.

Concentio:  Girls 8th – 12th grades:  Because of the advanced level of difficulty, Concentio membership requires previous choral and /or vocal training. Girls in High School who have no previous experience will need to spend a preparatory year in Via.

  1. Sing a simple warm up exercise (will be taught at the audition) to check vocal range
  2. Sing a choral piece (preferred).*
  3. Student will learn a short phrase from a choral piece and asked to sing to sing it by herself as well as with teacher/piano singing the other parts
  4. Reading –  Students will be shown both rhythmic and melodic patterns.   This will show the teacher what she knows about musical literacy. Student has to have some reading ability in order to participate in Concentio.  If student is strong in all areas except literacy, she will be asked to commit to preparatory reading sessions before camp (1st week in August)
  5. A Round – Student will be asked to sing in a round with teacher one of the following:
  • Row, Row, Row your Boat
  • Oh How Lovely Is the Evening
  • Jubilate Deo
  • Make New Friends
  • A Round of your choice (please bring music)

Women of Song (Women’s Choir): Student will be asked to:

  1. Sing a simple warm up exercise (will be taught at the audition) to check vocal range
  2. Sing a choral piece.*
  3. Student will also be asked to sing Are You Sleeping (or Frere Jacques) alone and in a round with a teacher
  4. Pitch matching intervals: Student will be asked to echo several sets of two pitches in a row
  5. Reading: Student will be shown both rhythmic and melodic patterns.   This will show the teacher what she knows about musical literacy – this is not a test, just an evaluation that helps teacher best meet student’s need.

In place of a choral piece, prospective student may sing one of the following pieces:

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
  • Feed the Birds (Mary Poppins)
  • Just a Spoonful of Sugar (Mary Poppins)
  • The Hills are Alive (Sound of Music)
  • Favorite Things (Sound of Music)
  • Edelweiss (Sound of Music)
  • Goodnight, My Someone (Music Man)
  • Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Best)
  • Once Upon a Dream (Sleeping Beauty)
  • A Hymn
  • Any Stephen Foster Song
  • Any Folk Song (can be from any country or culture)